The Philadelphia Inquirer won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for its coverage of pervasive violence in the city's schools.
The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., won the Pulitzer in local reporting for breaking the Penn State sexual abuse scandal that eventually brought down legendary football coach Joe Paterno.
The Associated Press, meanwhile, won the prize for investigative reporting for a series of stories on a secret New York Police Department program that spied on Muslims.
A second investigative prize was awarded to Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of the Seattle Times for their investigation of how a little known governmental body in Washington State moved vulnerable patients from safer pain-control medication to methadone, a cheaper but more dangerous drug, coverage that prompted statewide health warnings.
The New York Times won two awards. David Kocieniewski was given the prize for explanatory reporting for his series on how the nation's wealthiest citizens and corporations often exploit loopholes and avoid taxes. Jeffrey Gettleman won the prize for international reporting, for his coverage of famine and conflict in East Africa, a neglected but increasingly strategic part of the world.
David Wood of the Huffington Post was given the Pulitzer for national reporting for his exploration of the physical and emotional challenges facing American soldiers severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan during a decade of war.
Other website, Politico, received an accolade for its editorial cartooning, with Matt Wuerker winning that prize.
The Pulitzers, administered by Columbia University, are the most prestigious awards in journalism.
Here is a complete list of the prizes awarded Monday:
Public service: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Breaking news reporting: The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News staff
Investigative reporting: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of The Associated Press, and Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times
Explanatory reporting: David Kocieniewski of The New York Times
Local reporting: Sara Ganim and members of The Patriot-News Staff, Harrisburg, Pa.
National reporting: David Wood of The Huffington Post
International reporting: Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times
Feature writing: Eli Sanders of The Stranger, a Seattle weekly
Commentary: Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune
Criticism: Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe
Editorial writing: No award
Editorial cartooning: Matt Wuerker of Politico
Breaking news photography: Massoud Hossaini of Agence France-Presse
Feature photography: Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post
Fiction: No award
Drama: "Water by the Spoonful" by Quiara Alegría Hudes
History: "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" by the late Manning Marable (Viking)
Biography: "George F. Kennan: An American Life" by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press)
Poetry: "Life on Mars" by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf Press)
General nonfiction: "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern" by Stephen Greenblatt (W.W. Norton and Co.)
Music: "Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts" by Kevin Puts, commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on Nov. 12, 2011